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Friday, April 26 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Growing & Reviving Museum Library Audiences Through Programs and Collections

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Sponsored by SFMOMA Research Library

Take it to the People: Making Real Change without Big Money - Karen McKenzie, Chief Librarian, Art Gallery of Ontario

The Archive of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the 'Learning Zone': a Contextual Approach to Documentary Information - Michiel Nijhoff, Head of Library & Collection Registration, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Open Under New Management: Nolen Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Naomi Niles, Associate Museum Librarian, Nolen Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Crafting our Financial Future: Building Bridges with Development through Affinity Groups, Eric Wolf, Head Librarian, The Menil Collection

Moderator: Linda Seckelson, Principal Reader Services Librarian, Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum librarians will share their strategies for sustaining relevancy and stimulating growth by reaching new audiences as well as reenergizing traditional ones. The speakers will describe practical opportunities for new initiatives and details of their implementation and give voice to a range of experimental initiatives as well as tested library activities to increase visibility, enhance experiences, discover and sustain audiences for our libraries. 

Karen McKenzie will describe how she and her staff at the Art Gallery of Ontario are creating transformational change by reinventing the identity of the AGO’s  century-old museum library in tangible ways, and doing so without creating new costs.   Targets include identifying new audiences; making physical and policy changes to attract, welcome, keep and manage these new users; and negotiating new priorities within traditional activities such as acquisitions and reference. 

Michiel Nijhoff will share the creation of the "learning zone" (opened in September 2012), a space comprised of the archive, library, image archive and archive of moving images in which the various activities of the museum transform a traditional museum library to one that is more vital and efficient for storing, finding and making information accessible.

Naomi Niles will describe a number of library initiatives to reach new audiences. A reorganization of the library has provided opportunities to transform service beyond the status quo. Expansion of the collection along with active participation and collaboration with staff in Education and other departments has provided a range of programming and instructional opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Eric Wolf will discuss development through affinity groups. Nothing is more vital to our future than guaranteeing that we can stay financially solvent and pay for our employees, services, acquisitions, and collection stewardship. Development skills are largely ignored in library school and often looked down upon by librarians, to their own detriment. The more we participate in fundraising, the more we can guarantee our future, both through the fruits of our own fundraising and by revealing to our development departments and institutional directors and trustees that we take our responsibilities seriously and are good members and even leaders of our organizations. 


Friday April 26, 2013 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Conference Center 211

Attendees (53)